In anticipation of the first Parliament sitting of 2024 and the looming Vote of No Confidence (VONC), the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the Papua New Guinea Defense Force have announced measures in the Nation’s capital to ensure safety and order during the political proceedings.
This is according to the Acting NCD/ Central Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police Peter Guinness.
“On Monday morning, I spoke to our members, both Police and the PNG Defense Force, regarding the upcoming Vote of No Confidence.”
“We have prepared an operation order to control the events surrounding the possible VONC.”
The operation, which involves both the police and the PNG Defense Force, aims to establish roadblocks at various locations leading to Parliament House and secure the inner perimeter of Parliament, the National Court House, and Sir John Guise drive.
ACP Guinness emphasized the need for a peaceful and problem-free VONC, especially after recent incidents in the city.
“With the events of January 10th and the looting of Brian Bell on February 1st, we aim to control traffic and movement within the city to prevent any further disturbances,” ACP Guiness stated.
ACP Guinness urged the public to remain calm and refrain from involvement in the political matters at hand.
“This VONC concerns only the politicians, and it will be held within the Parliament House. We do not want any conflict or disturbances from the public,” he emphasized.
Acknowledging the start of the school year, ACP Guinness urged parents to focus on sending their children to school rather than getting involved in political activities.
As part of the security measures, the PNG Defense Force has been called out until the end of the month, with members designated as Special Constables, granting them the authority to assist the police in maintaining order.
“We want to create a secure environment for the VONC to proceed smoothly, without any fear of threats,” ACP Guinness reassured the public.
Strict measures will be in place around Parliament, with only authorized personnel allowed on the premises.
Supporters of politicians or MPs are warned against causing disturbances, as they will be physically removed by security forces.
The public is advised to stay updated through online platforms or radio broadcasts, as access to the inner premises of Parliament will be restricted.
Again, ACP Guinness reaffirmed the security forces’ commitment to ensuring a peaceful and problem-free VONC, urging the public to cooperate and maintain calm during this critical period in the country’s political landscape.